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Janice’s Journal: Zombies versus Sex Offenders?

A friend recently referred to a TV series, IZombie, as a TV show in which some Zombies are portrayed in a positive light.  That is, she said, there are good Zombies and bad Zombies.

The idea of a good Zombie piqued my curiosity to the point that I watched three seasons of that TV show.  I quit watching the show when I realized I was covering my own eyes for large parts of each episode due to the gory scenes they portrayed.

What did I learn from watching three seasons of IZombie episodes?  I learned that some humans in the society portrayed in that show accepted Zombies as good despite the fact that they knew that all Zombies ate human brains.

The IZombie show is not an outlier.  In fact, the show lasted five seasons and attracted a large audience.  It can only be assumed that some people who watched the show agree with the premise that there is such a thing as a good Zombie.

Putting aside the fact that there are no such thing as real Zombies, the bottom line is how can some people agree that creatures who eat human brains are good at the same time that most people do not agree that a person convicted of a sex offense can also be good?  After all, we know that a person convicted of a sex offense will not eat another person’s brain.  We also know that, if they are currently living in society, they have already paid their debt to society by spending time in custody and undergoing several years of counseling.

Doesn’t that make people convicted of a sex offense less frightening and dangerous than a Zombie?  And if so, shouldn’t more people understand that a person convicted of a sex offense can be at least as good as a Zombie who eats human brains?

These are rhetorical questions.  They are also questions that I hope you readers will consider and pass on to members of your family, friends, mere acquaintances and perhaps even strangers who you know watch TV shows and movies focused on Zombies.  And when you do, I hope you will share the answers you receive in the comment section following this column.  Perhaps in their answers we can find a way to better frame the reasons why a person on the sex offender registry can and should be viewed as good.

 

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On that same line of thought, here’s an academic paper using that same premise of Zombies and Registrants, “WHAT IS PUNISHMENT? THE CASE FOR CONSIDERING PUBLIC OPINION UNDER MENDOZA-MARTINEZ” by David Singleton Link to abstract: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2431318 Link to download full pdf: https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=705009006021025108000065070003077110033043005000058070028025103125004025119010083024019049032015010126055086029124007123025098055071011065053093012116024007126026094024010062068017098116123013110074126023067006028006027029024104024023072027118077096105&EXT=pdf An ACSOL poster M C shared the abstract link in another thread and I thought it appropriate here. *** Start of Excerpt *** Shifting from Part II’s more abstract and conceptual discussion, Part III describes a specific study which explored whether the public believes residency restrictions for sex offenders and drunk drivers impose additional punishment. Although there are… Read more »

I have never understood one thing.

Regardless of punishment or protecting the public…it is the judges job to taylor the punishment and protecting the public to the individual and circumstances that were brought up during trial. Politician’s doing it violates separation of powers.

The undead is neither fully alive or fully dead. I’d say being undead is a good metaphor for lifre on the registry.

FloriDUH keeps us on the list long after we’re dead, so maybe they’re worried we’ll come back as zombies.

I want to suggest to SORNA that they due Florida over their registry. Since their grants are given based on the number of registrants and Florida requires registration for life, dead registrants should be removed (duh). Florida, however , keeps them there and considers them “compliant” for SORNA purposes. Pretty sure Florida’s dead registrants aren’t reporting to their local sheriff’s every year (or quarter, or whatever) to confirm they are still dead, currently residing in their final resting place, and remain unemployed, all key federal registration requirements, if I’m not mistaken. Sounds like a pretty clear case of fraud. Then… Read more »

It really comes down to challenging and changing the public narrative by using the awesome tools that we have barely used: The Internet. Social media. It has proven to be a paradigm changing tool time after time like BLM that has generated so much momentum against police violence and racism that governments both local and federal to change their policies. Creating powerful little videos to put out on YouTube are like spreading seeds into the public stream of consciousness. Some might not take but some will grow into a movement. The only way to know for sure is to do… Read more »

Like “Former offenders and their families lives matter”.
Include all offenders

The sex offender rights movement has little to no chance. However, the “registrant” movement might make it. You see, they chose a phrase deliberately meant to cut-off any argument or opposition at the knees. Same goes for pro-victim legislation like “Marsy’s law”. This approach is crippling the progress that could be made if not for people’s natural reaction to the “shock and awe”.

Completely agree. “sex offender” has to leave all intelligent discussion. I don’t like “registrant” either though. It sounds too legitimate and nice. Nope, this is an outright illegal, immoral war. I am a Person Forced to Register. By an illegitimate, criminal operation, at the point of guns. On their big government paper (!!!) forms, the criminals call me “offender” repeatedly. I am not an “offender”. But they are. They deserve consequences. They should’ve fixed their stupidity a decade ago, but they keep making it worse. My patience has ended and their time is up. Now the only judgement that matters… Read more »

ACSOL is based upon peace and we do not condone violence of any sort. Please remember this as you face the challenges of today and tomorrow.

@Will, if you think violence will advance the cause of our fight for civil rights, look at the negative press that the Black Lives Matter protests receive when someone in the protest draws an arbitrary line in the sand and decides violence is justified. The Right uses it as reason to crack down more! Do you really want to be another catalyst for persecuting registrants? Jesse Timmendequas started the tidal wave when he killed Megan Kanka. Every registrant who commits a crime of any kind is used as justification for more persecution. And how much did the Black Panthers help… Read more »

@Roger: Obviously this is a very, very complex subject. I feel like if a person fully explored it, that would require like a 1,000 page dissertation. I’m certainly not qualified or motivated enough for that. I expect you are right about violence, but that is pretty dumb really. You would think the criminal legislators and their enabling terrorists would care that their actions are the DIRECT cause of the murders of innocent children. But they actually don’t really care much. I hope it’s because they’ve fooled themselves into believing that they are not the actual murderers. And not just that… Read more »

They’re both characters created with descriptors designed to incite certain reactions. Actually, the comparison can go even further. Shows like “The Walking Dead”, movies like “World War Z” and even video games use the zombie character as the target villain for the purpose of creating something “okay” to fight, oppose, despise, or destroy. Zombies are usually given diabolical or grotesque appearances. They are generalized as being unintelligent, singular focused, and driven by basic primal instincts. Their MO is simple enough and are largely regarded as expendable. Anything done in the cause wiping them out is fair game. And like sex… Read more »

I agree. Remember, there is no redemption for a sex offender. We are ALL considered untouchable.

IF THE MOB DOES THIS TO THE POLICE, IMAGINE WHAT THEY’D DO TO US!
I Have NO love for LE However THEY have GUNS We DO NOT.. BLM and ANTIFA have GUNS We Do Not. I say better to keep the enemy close NOT FIGHT A PUBLIC WAR ON TWO FRONTS THAT IS BLATANT INSANITY…However if dEFUNDING AND OR Policy Change, eg: NO PUBLIC REGISTRY. OR NO REGISTRY after 10 yrs.. I could cope……
KNOW Your Enemy and You will NEVER be Defeated in a Thousand Battles
SUN TZU

Further More, I Think all felons that have never used a fire arm in commission of a crime AND has been CLEAN for 10 Yrs Should also have their 2nd amendment rights restored no matter the offense! but that’s
just me….
IF We expose ourselves like BLM or ANTIFA,,,,We May very well have publicly committed suicide on several Fronts! better the Devil You Know than the the demons hunting you!,,, Savvy?

Further More, I Think all felons that have never used a fire arm in commission of a crime AND has been CLEAN for 10 Yrs Should also have their 2nd amendment rights restored no matter the offense! but that’s
just me….
IF We expose ourselves like BLM or ANTIFA,,,,We May very well have publicly committed suicide on several Fronts! better the Devil You Know than the the demons that will be hunting you!,,, Savvy?

P.S. BTW My Mom says Our life isn’t like a TV series it more of a Steven King horror stories!
Cheers!

The main problem is they have instilled fear in not only those on the registry, but also on the families. The families who want to help fear for the safety of the loved one. They also fear for themselves because their safety is also at risk. I agree that violence is not the way to proceed, but at what point or where do we draw the line. The fact that anyone who feels the need can make a accusation about a registrant, and some how you become the scapegoat. The only way to help end the registry for the low… Read more »

Meanwhile
BLM Rioters in Kenosha the county detention office has been set ablaze! Now if this happens to all places of registration?
I won’t cry,,, I Promise.
I would be LMFAO!

What REALLY boggles MY mind is when those specific ‘sex offenders’ who had consensual sex with a 13/14/15-year-old teenager (and the teenager grows up later genuinely reporting no harm done, after all those years) are lunkheadedly and rashly placed in a group that’s “worse than murderers”.

Apparently, there are “good cowboys” who earn a badge for killing other cowboys…. **shrugs**

@AC. Good Cowboys or bad. So who’s wearing a mask today. Dumps a cargo truckload of TP on Will Allens lawn. Sure AC people can play cowboy, truth or dare is government today but when it comes down to the real truth or shoot out or indian fight who you gonna shoot? Should one call F troop or Will Allen. If Will Allen really read some of his views they sound good Just like a “True Grit” story of not backing down. My grandmother was a Morrison and mention to us many years ago that we were some kin to… Read more »

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